Author Archives: Andrew Haldane

Opinion: Could PEVEL help to secure the triumph of good over EVEL?

england-flagEvery time a Tory mentions English Votes for English Laws they have a certain daemonic glint in their eyes. The power junkies think they are about to get the keys to the pharmacy. They say nature abhors a vacuum, but the Tories can hardly conceal their delight at the vacuum created by the meteoric rise up the political agenda of the West Lothian Question (which they and their friends in the media have helped to propagate). In 2010 they gained 56% of English MPs with 40% of the English vote. Implementing overdue boundary revisions and reducing MP numbers would tilt the balance further in their favour. Requiring a good deal less than 40%, they could gain a majority of English MPs for the foreseeable future if historic voting patterns persist.

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Opinion: Could there still be a bright future for Lords reform?

Unless we are admitting defeat or  consider the electorate agog with admiration of the status-quo, we perhaps need to look beyond  the seemingly  compelling case for democratic legitimacy and begin developing some more imaginative ideas about what a reformed second chamber  might do  differently and explore its potential for transforming  politics.

Limiting the level of ambition for our shiny new democratic institution to the pursuit of the same old objectives of itself does not seem like a great leap forward.

It also leaves us vulnerable to the tactics adopted by the Conservatives and their press allies, who assiduously sought to cultivate public …

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    Just a note on UKIP, despite the best efforts of The BBC an average of the last 7 Polls puts them 3% behind us, on...
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    Agree entirely with William Hobhouse. Clearly we are on the up, but this election comes too soon for us. We needed time to refine our...
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    So it;s a case of watch your back, Bob. Seriously though, Delighted to have such an able man join the party. His radicalism and wit...
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    Michael BG - I agree that we should not think of Putney as a target seat for the wider party, but I suspect the Tory...
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    Theakes, I agree number 3 should start now because that will show our true beliefs and is also how we can persuade people who voted...
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    @Bill Le Breton - I don't share your view on this. It seems to me that the times when the Liberal Democrats do best in...